Western Sierra, May 3 Report

LAKE ISABELLA: Crappie Mania continued through this past week with good to excellent action for shore, float tube, and boat anglers fishing small jigs or live minnows under a bobber near stickups. Shore anglers are getting a lot of smaller fish, less than 10-inches long, but the boat and float tube anglers are getting bigger fish to 14 or 14 inches from deeper water. Best shore fishing has been in the South Fork Arm, Kissack Cove, Rabbit Island, and French Gulch. The Rocky Point area has held larger fish for the boat and float tube guys. A lot of 25-fish limits posted. The best colors on the jigs have been red and white or red and chartreuse, but other colors are also getting fish. Adding Crappie Nibbles to the jigs is a good idea. There is also still a pretty good trout bite, especially by the auxiliary dam on the usual array of dough baits, inflated nightcrawlers, small jigs, and trout plastics. Most recent DFW plant was three weeks ago. The catfish bite slowed back down, but some fish are still showing on cut baits and stink baits in the Camp Nine area evening and after dark. The bass and bluegill bite are also starting to take off, with some especially good bluegill catches this past week. For carp anglers, this bite is pretty much wide open with the fish flooding the shallows and showing best on dough baits. Lots of carp to 8 pounds. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com, North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812, or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.

KERN RIVER: The upper river flows dropped back down, and the trout action has improved for wild fish, especially for fly anglers fishing stonefly nymphs. There were DFW plants last week in the upper river (sections 4, 5, and 6), and the bite has been pretty good on salmon eggs, crickets, and Roostertails. The lower river is still low at 400 cfs, and it is fishing pretty well for bass and catfish. The catfish are being caught on clams and nightcrawlers, while the bass are best on small plastic worms and nightcrawlers. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite has continued fair to good and slowly improving each week. The fish are almost all small, however, under the 18-inch minimum keeper size limit, but a few bigger fish are finally starting to show. The best bite has been on bloodworms, lug worms, and sardines, but a few on Flukes and Gitzits or live minnows. Catfish are still spotting with a few showing on sardines, anchovies, and Wussy Bait, too. A few largemouth are starting to show now. Anglers are reminded the limit on stripers is two fish greater than 18 inches, while the largemouth limit is five fish. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.

MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: Few reports, but the carp bite has been decent on dough baits and Powder Bait, and the odd catfish reported on nightcrawlers.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: A fair bass bite on plastics and small swimbaits. Bluegill are the best bet with pretty good action, but some crappie showing, too. Trout slow with the most recent DFW plant more than a month ago. Carp are a decent bet on dough baits. Information Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The crappie bite has been fair on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles or minnows, and the carp bite is good on Powder Bait or other dough baits. The bluegill bite has also turned on with fair to good action on meal worms, wax worms, red worms, or crickets. A few bass are being caught on on plastics worms, nightcralwers, and live minnows. Last DFW trout plant four weeks ago. Very slow trout action.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The crappie bite has been fair again over the past week, mostly on jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles or small minnows. The bluegill are fair to good on wax worms or meal worms, and a few bass are showing on nightcrawlers, live minnows, and plastic worms. DFW trout plant four weeks ago, and very slow action.

MING LAKE: The carp, crappie, and bluegill have been fair to good. The crappie have been best on small jigs tipped with bait or Crappie Nibbles or small minnows. The carp are best on Powder Bait or Wussy Bait. While the bluegill are best on meal worms or wax worms. Bass are fair on plastics and minnows. Trout very slow with no plants in over a month.

BRITE LAKE: Still a few trout showing after the Calaveras and DFW plants two weeks ago. Most of the planted fish were in the 1-8 to 2-0 range with some bigger. Best action on PowerBait and Power Mice. A few crappie are still being caught.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The bass bite has been fair and some fish are still in very shallow water and cover. The best action has been on minnows or plastics. The crappie are also pretty decent with fish showing on live minnows or small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles. Carp have been fair to good on dough baits, especially Powder Bait. Bluegill are fair to good on the usual small baits. Fishing information: Bobís Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.


SUCCESS LAKE: The good crappie action continues, and most of the action has been late in the day. There have been a lot of quality fish over two pounds caught. Most of the fish are showing from the bank on minnows, but some also on jigs. The bass action is fair to good bite on plastics and minnows on fish to three pounds, but few bigger. Also a good surface bite on small fish. Lots of fish on beds but that is winding down. Bluegill getting better with a fair bite on wax worms and meal worms. Other species very slow. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: Crappie turned on here in the past week with a pretty good bite on minnows or small jigs tipped with bait or Crappie Nibbles. The bass are fair to good with the fish still mostly shallow. The bluegill bite is also starting to kick into high gear. Catfish still slow. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

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